Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Born (1979-03-20) March 20, 1979 (age 35)
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Other names DC; Black Fedor
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1][2][3]
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)[4]
Division Heavyweight
2009 - 2013
Light Heavyweight
2014 - present
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Style Wrestling, Kickboxing
Fighting out of San Jose, California, United States
Team American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu[5]
Wrestling Olympic Freestyle Wrestling
NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2009–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 5
Losses 0
University Oklahoma State University
Notable school(s) Colby Community College
Northside High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Daniel Cormier
Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Men's freestyle wrestling
World Championships
Bronze 2007 Baku -96 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 2003 Santo Domingo -96 kg
Bronze 2007 Rio de Janeiro -96 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold 2002 Maracaibo -96 kg

Daniel Ryan Cormier[6] (born March 20, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the light heavyweight division. Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. As of May 26, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings,[7] and has never been defeated in his MMA career.


Cormier is the son of Joseph and Audrey Cormier.[8] He has an older brother named Joseph, a sister named Felicia and a younger brother named Ferral.[8] When Cormier was seven, his father was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife.[8]

Cormier was a three-time Louisiana wrestling state champion in high school and a high school All-American at Northside High School. Cormier suffered only two losses after his freshman year, both coming in injury defaults. He had a 101–9 record during his high school career and was also an All-State performer in football.[9] After high school he attended Colby Community College where he was a two-time junior college national champion. After Colby he transferred to wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University where he was an NCAA runner-up, losing to Cael Sanderson in the finals.

After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in sociology, Daniel went on to compete on five United States world wrestling teams and the 2004 Olympic wrestling team, where he took 4th place after losing to Khadjimourat Gatsalov in the semi-finals.[10] Daniel was also a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team for the USA, where he was named team captain, but did not compete due to kidney failure, brought on by excessive weight cutting.[11] Daniel also competed and represented the Oklahoma Slam team in the now defunct Real Pro Wrestling league and was crowned a champion in the first and only season in the 211 lb weight class. While he competed in Real Pro Wrestling, he was also teammates with fellow Strikeforce mixed martial arts competitor Muhammed Lawal, who also was a season 1 champion, in the 184 lb weight class.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Cormier decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, in the Heavyweight division. He trained with Cain Velasquez, Jon Fitch, and Josh Koscheck at American Kickboxing Academy.[12]

After making his professional debut, Cormier traveled to Australia and fought for Xtreme MMA. He defeated Lucas Browne to win the XMMA Heavyweight Championship on July 31. Two weeks later he made his first title defense of his career in August 13, against Soa Palelei. He won via submission to punches in the first round, but broke his hand during the fight.

Cormier won his second MMA title by winning the KOTC Heavyweight Championship on November 2009 from Tony Johnson. He landed a solid punch on Johnson in the first round, causing his larger opponent to shoot in, but Cormier quickly gained the advantage with superior wrestling and grappling and won the fight via rear-naked choke.


Cormier signed an eight-fight deal with the Strikeforce organization and debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings,[13] defeating Gary Frazier by TKO.

Cormier fought at the event Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010, in Fresno, California against John Devine, Cormier defeating Devine by KO.

Shortly thereafter, Cormier fought Strikeforce: Houston event on August 21, 2010. Cormier defeating Jason Riley via submission (punches) with 1:02 into the fight.

Cormier next fought Devin Cole at the Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine event on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.[14] He won via unanimous decision, the first time a fight of his has gone the distance.

Cormier was to face Shane del Rosario at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas,[15] but his opponent was involved in a car accident and withdrew from the bout. Cormier instead faced Jeff Monson and won via a decision. Cormier used his striking to dominate Monson on the feet and didn't allow for any takedowns, negating Monson's submission ability.

Cormier faced Antonio Silva on September 10, 2011, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, replacing Alistair Overeem.[16] In a shocking upset, he won the fight via KO (punches) in the first round, catching Silva with multiple hits to the jaw, causing him to collapse, and then finishing with two hammer blows to the face of the grounded Silva before the ref could stop the fight. Cormier later revealed that he broke his hand during the fight.[17]

He faced fellow finalist Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier.[18] Cormier dominated the five round fight, becoming the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). It was discovered that Cormier, once again, broke his right hand during his last bout with Barnett, and underwent hand surgery.

Daniel Cormier was rumored to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in his return to Zuffa and Strikeforce debut, but on July 21, UFC President Dana White said "no Tim Sylvia is not with Zuffa".[19]

Cormier was scheduled to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir.[20] However on September 19 it was revealed that Mir was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury.[21]

Cormier fought Dion Staring at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[22] He won via TKO in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Cormier made his promotional debut against Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Due to Cain Velasquez, Cormier's teammate, being the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cormier considered moving down to the UFC's light heavyweight division. Some writers expressed doubt in his ability to cut down to the 205 limit safely, citing Cormier suffering kidney failure during his time as an Olympic wrestler, trying to make 211 lbs.[24]

In his second UFC fight, Cormier faced Roy Nelson on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to the bout, he announced that win or lose, he would be moving down to the Light Heavyweight division. Cormier weighed in for the bout more than 20 pounds lighter than previous contests, at 224 pounds.

Cormier was expected to face Rashad Evans at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014, in his first fight at light heavyweight.[26] However, a leg injury knocked Evans off the card ten days before the event, and he was replaced by newcomer Patrick Cummins.[27] Cormier won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Cormier was briefly linked to a bout with Rafael Cavalcante on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175.[28] However, it was announced that Cormier would instead be fighting Dan Henderson on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[29] After dominating the fight with his wrestling and top game, he won via technical submission in the third round.

Daniel Cormier was chosen as spokesperson for his new Cage Fighter signature wrestling shoe when he competed in an exhibition wrestling match against Chris Pendleton during the ufc fan expo[30]

UFC Light Heavyweight Title Shot (2014)[edit]

Cormier was expected to face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014 after Alexander Gustafsson was forced to withdraw due to a torn meniscus.[31] However, on August 12, Jones was forced to pull out of the bout against Cormier citing an injury. The fight will now take place at UFC 182.[32]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Xtreme MMA
    • XMMA Heavyweight Championship (One time)
    • One successful title defense

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • USA Wrestling
    • USA Senior Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Winner (2004, 2008)
    • FILA Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (2005, 2006, 2007)
    • FILA Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Runner-up (2001, 2002)
    • USA Senior Freestyle National Championship (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
    • Northwest Senior Freestyle Regional Championship (2008)
    • John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year Award (2007)
    • ASICS Tiger High School All-American (1996, 1997)

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

  • National High School Coaches Association
    • NHSCA Senior High School National Championship 3rd Place (1997)
    • NHSCA Senior All-American (1997)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Jon Jones UFC 182 January 3, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 15–0 Dan Henderson Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 3:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–0 Patrick Cummins TKO (punches) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 13–0 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 166 October 19, 2013 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 12–0 Frank Mir Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 11–0 Dion Staring TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 2 4:02 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10–0 Josh Barnett Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.
Win 9–0 Antonio Silva KO (punches) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 1 3:56 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 8–0 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Win 7–0 Devin Cole Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 Soa Palelei Submission (punches) XMMA 3 November 5, 2010 1 2:23 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Defended the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jason Riley Submission (punches) Strikeforce: Houston August 21, 2010 1 1:02 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Tony Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Imminent Danger August 13, 2010 1 2:27 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States Won the KOTC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Lucas Browne TKO (punches) XMMA 2 July 31, 2010 1 4:35 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Won the XMMA Heavyweight championship.
Win 2–0 John Devine KO (punch) Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe March 26, 2010 1 1:19 Fresno, California, United States
Win 1–0 Gary Frazier TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings September 25, 2009 2 3:39 Bixby, Oklahoma, United States

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Daniel Cormier MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com, Sherdog.com, accessed May 17, 2014
  3. ^ Daniel Cormier - Official UFC Fighter Profile UFC.com, accessed May 17, 2014
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  29. ^ Staff (2014-04-23). "Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier booked as UFC 173 co-headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
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